Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of a stranger
A 33-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a stranger.
Robert Pieczykolan, of Hock Coppice, Worcester, pleaded guilty today (6 May 2021) at Worcester Crown Court on the first day of his trial. At around 4.05 pm on 22 July 2020, Pieczykolan sexually assaulted the victim who was walking near an alleyway on Grosmant Avenue.
Pieczykolan approached the woman and asked her for the time. Then he snatched her phone from her hand and hit her across the head with it, causing her to fall to the floor. He then pinned her to the floor and attempted to take off her jumper, scratching her chest and face with his fingernails in the process.
The victim tried to fight him off, but he was too strong, and she started to scream for help and was saved by the public intervening. The incident was immediately reported to the police. A witness also captured an image of Pieczykolan, which was provided to police and circulated.
Following searches of the area, Robert Pieczykolan was located on Trotshill Way, Worcester, by police and arrested later the same day. He was identified on parade by the victim and a witness. He had initially denied the offence but later changed his plea on the morning of his trial.
Georgina Hewins of the CPS said: "This was a terrifying attack on a woman in broad daylight. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Pieczykolan denied the offence, claiming he fell on the woman. Thankfully, he has now admitted his crime which has spared the victim from testifying in a trial. I want to thank the victim for her courage during this process, and the witnesses who intervened for their swift action."
Notes to editors
- Georgina Hewins is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.